John Marshall Taking Shape On Schedule
The John Marshall High School construction project is on schedule, according to ICON project manager Rich Dopotka, who updated neighbors at a community meeting on Tuesday, February 4th at the West Park Evangelical Friends Church. The school is scheduled to be completed by August, 2015 and will be built for 1260 students.
All the foundations are in place and the masonry bearing walls for the main gym and the student dining area, and auxiliary gym are in place. The three-story main academic wing is currently under construction which faces W. 140th St.
Check out a webcam, perched on the stadium lighting posts that captures every day of construction and takes a photo every ten minutes. Watch the progress on the 207,000 square feet building unfold at www.iconohio.com and click on John Marshall High School to see a time-lapse movie of the construction process.
An academic advisory committee for John Marshall has been meeting to discuss “design principles” for what the new school will have for an academic focus. This group consists of JMH teachers, students, parents, principals, JMH alumni, a representative from the Gund Foundation, a representative from PPG, CMSD administration, and BPDC staff. The academic focus has not been decided yet but some of the design principles include the categories of rigorous instruction to prepare students from a diverse social-economic community for college and career options, strengthening relationships to the feeder schools, teaching and learning in a small school environment, school community partnerships which will make the school an anchor and accessible to serve as a center of community after hours and on weekends for learning and recreation. Academic planning will continue through spring, summer and next year school year.
Once the school board acts on a master plan informed by a second round of community meetings this spring there will be more information about any possible funding dedicated to stadium improvement, but it is too soon to say, according to Gary Sautter, chief of facilities for CMSD.